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Posted September 20, 2011 by

Is Your Organization Customer-Focused?

What does it mean to say an organization is customer-focused?
A customer-focused organization is one that truly understands the needs and expectations of its customers and focuses on going beyond just meeting them. Customer-focused organizations consistently exceed the expectations of their customers. There is recognition throughout the organization that customer satisfaction should be a bare minimum – not a goal to strive for. If you want to be recognized as an outstanding provider of customer service, then you – and everyone who works for your company – must consistently exceed the expectations of your customers.
How can companies develop customer relationships characterized by loyalty? (more…)
Posted September 20, 2011 by

What’s New – Job Search and More

We are currently not planning on conquering the world.” – Sergey Brin

Imagine that you’ve been looking for a job for six months and you’ve had virtually no luck. Yes, you get the occasional interest, but nothing serious. You begin to feel like there is something wrong with you. Most likely there is nothing wrong with you, but it might be time to make a change in your approach. There is always something new in job search on the Internet. Of course “new” is a relative term. What is new to me may not necessarily be new to you (or the Internet). New or not, any change you make to your approach gives you a bit of a fresh start (which is not a bad thing). So, let’s explore a few career sites that might be new to you. (more…)

Posted September 20, 2011 by

Social Disaster — is Your Job Search Safe?

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” –  Bill Cosby

I was recently recruiting for an open position and, after numerous resumes and interviews, narrowed the search down to three candidates and then the final choice. The “winning” candidate had a very impressive resume and all of his references checked out. Then came the background check (which includes a fairly robust Internet search) and we discovered some disturbing news. The final candidate was a quite active political dissident (on the Internet, using blogs and comments). Now this might not cause alarm on its own, but his comments bordered on libelous and some statements were inches away from “overthrow the government”. Needless to say, we passed on this candidate.

What about you? Do you know what will show up in a robust Internet search on you? (more…)

Posted September 20, 2011 by

4 Tips for Giving Your Entry-Level Resume Veteran Appeal

Are you feeling a tad bit intimidated because you’re currently crafting your entry-level CV and worry that you don’t have enough experience to make your CV look impressive? Don’t worry! The key to CV success is to boost your current qualifications—even if you’re on a low rung of the corporate ladder. Giving yourself veteran appeal is easier than you think. (more…)

Posted September 20, 2011 by

The Circle of Life for Job Search

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

This past week, two former co-workers wrote to let me know they are out of work and looking for a new job (you know, networking). Also last week, two current co-workers resigned (having found new jobs). Last week also had a few announcements that several companies were expecting to reduce staff over the next few months. The counterpoint to that bit of news is all of the new jobs that have been posted on job search sites. While unemployment remains stubbornly high, new jobs are being created every day. Not to say it’s easy to find a new job, but there are jobs to be had. So much of job search depends on being in the right place at the right time (as well as who you know and being qualified). You can’t be everywhere, but you can increase your chances of finding a job by using all job search avenues (networking, job search boards, recruiters and company career sites to name a few). Today’s post is all about Job Search Boards. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2011 by

Want an Interview? Tips to Help a Job Seeker Get One

We all know it takes time to find a job, as many of today’s active job seekers would probably say.  In the mean time, you want to give yourself as many opportunities as possible to get hired; these opportunities are interviews.  To get an interview, you will need a good resume and maybe a cover letter that makes the connection between what you can offer and what an employer needs.

In addition, there are some other tips you should know that can help secure an interview:

Network and obtain company referrals– Sometimes, who you know leads to getting a foot in the door for a job opportunity.  By establishing a network, you can fill others in on what you’re looking for and be led to contacts inside the company you are interested in, who may give you referrals. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2011 by

Spring Cleaning For Job Search

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” – Phyllis Diller

Yes, even job search requires Spring cleaning every once and awhile. If you’ve been on the job hunt for a few months or more, it is not a bad idea to take another look at everything in your Job Search Marketing Toolkit. Your cover letter and resume should top the list. Remember, you can have multiple resumes (and you should already have multiple cover letters). So while you are cleaning your attic (or closet), also take a look at your tools of the job search trade. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2011 by

Job Search Tip: Why You Need A Job Search Marketing Toolkit

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time Any fool can do it There ain’t nothing to it Nobody knows how we got to The top of the hill But since we’re on our way down We might as well enjoy the ride” – James Taylor

Imagine a new no calorie candy bar comes out that not only tastes like your favorite candy bar, but there are no calories and it eliminates fatigue (with no side effects). Unfortunately, you will most likely never hear about it.Why? Because the inventors of this candy bar feel that it’s popularity should grow based on word of mouth. No advertising, no marketing plan. Isn’t your job search the same? Don’t you need to let people know who you are, what you do and that you are available? I think so, although others will disagree. So, why a marketing campaign? Most good marketing campaigns let their target market know about their goods and services so that they can increase brand awareness and market share. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2011 by

INTERVIEW! 10 Commandments to help you through the INTERVIEW!

The interview is an important part of getting a new job. It is inevitable that if you are going to get a new job you will be interviewing. Each interview is different and how you perform will be different for each interview you do. Outside of the other preparation you do for your interview, you should mentally prep for how you will conduct yourself during the interview. A preparation plan will be done for each interview since each interview is different from the rest; however, a preparation for performing essentially remains the same. You have a plan for your preparation, now here is your plan for performing. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2011 by

3 Ways Twitter Can Enhance Your Executive Job Search

A whole new world of job search is open to candidates through social media and is booming like never before. It’s already been established just how beneficial this medium can be for individuals conducting professional job searches, especially when LinkedIn is a priority.

Twitter has also been deemed a useful tool for job seeking, especially for entry- and mid-level professional job seekers. But should it be utilized at the executive level? The answer is yes! In fact, you might be surprised by just how beneficial it could be for your search. It may be able to … (more…)